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'Mainframe Mike: The Game'
Teaches Children About IBM Z

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udharsana Srinivasan, program coordinator, IBM, was
looking for a way to introduce
school-aged children to IBM Z* at
the Destination Imagination State
Championship in Fresno, California, back in April. Hearing about
this, IBM Z Community Technical
Content Developer Andrii Vasylchenko suggested they teach the
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This led to "Mainframe Mike: The
Game," which debuted this spring to
teach young people about IBM Z. In
the game, which is available to play
on any device, players are tasked
with helping Mainframe Mike and
his robotic friend Watson save the
world from the evil robot Sara.
Players navigate through two levels
where they collect hardware and
software before challenging Sara.
Along the way, Watson provides
words of advice and information
about IBM Z hardware and software.
Although "Mainframe Mike: The
Game" was built for school-aged
children for the Destination Imagination event, Vasylchenko decided
to broaden its appeal by adding the
retro style to appeal to older generations as well.

Teaching Students
About IBM Z
The game wouldn't have been made
had it not been for Srinivasan noticing that IBM was a sponsor of the
Destination Imagination event. She
was already planning to attend with

Sudharsana Srinivasan
and Mainframe Mike

her son's team. Once she spotted the
IBM logo, she looked into how she
could represent her workplace, and
in a planning meeting, the game
idea was born.
"At the school age, these kids
don't know much about mainframes or IBM," Srinivasan says.
"Since I was going to the state
championship anyway, it was an
opportunity to talk to children
about it." Although her position at
IBM doesn't require her to work
with students, educating them
about the platform is something
she feels strongly about.
"Mainframe Mike: The Game"
is available on IBM Bluemix (bit.
ly/2X1GYvo). "The IBM Cloud was
the fastest and most convenient
way for me to bring the game to
life," Vasylchenko says.
Read the full story on "Mainframe Mike: The Game" at
bit.ly/2Dzi2M.

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Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: The times, they are a-changin'
Currents: Combatting ocean pollution with blockchain
Currents: Japan's Fukui Bank transforms business and migrates to IBM Cloud
Currents: On the web
Currents: z/OS Container Extensions frequently asked questions
Currents: 'Mainframe Mike" The Game' teaches children about IBM Z
Currents: (Re)Designed to deliver
Currents: Solutions
Currents: Blockchain could improve vaccine supply chains and medical record tracking
Partner POV: Cultivate the right IT skillset to increase customer centricity
Cover Story: Innovation in Financial Services: IBM Z and LinuxONE underpin fintech efforts
Feature 1: An Agile Approach to Your Multicloud Strategy: 5 insights to consider for a successful cloud-native development experience
Feature 2: Opening the World: Open-source models enhance security, heighten control, lower costs and enable collaboration
TECH Showcase: New workloads demand extraordinary storage performance, reliability and manageability
Techbits: COBOL celebrates 60 years
Techbits: Tailored Fit Pricing for IBM Z unlocks the full power of the platform
Techbits: Ask the expert: IBM Support
Beyond the Box: IBMer Peter Relson photographs wildlife in its natural habitat
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Power Systems
2019 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Intro
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Cover1
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Cover2
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 1
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 2
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 3
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 5
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Editor's Desk: The times, they are a-changin'
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 7
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Currents: Japan's Fukui Bank transforms business and migrates to IBM Cloud
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Currents: z/OS Container Extensions frequently asked questions
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Currents: Solutions
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 11
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Currents: Blockchain could improve vaccine supply chains and medical record tracking
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 13
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 14
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 15
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Partner POV: Cultivate the right IT skillset to increase customer centricity
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 17
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Cover Story: Innovation in Financial Services: IBM Z and LinuxONE underpin fintech efforts
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 19
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 20
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 21
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 22
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 23
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Feature 1: An Agile Approach to Your Multicloud Strategy: 5 insights to consider for a successful cloud-native development experience
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 25
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 26
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 27
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 28
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 29
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Feature 2: Opening the World: Open-source models enhance security, heighten control, lower costs and enable collaboration
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 31
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 32
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 33
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 34
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 35
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 36
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - TECH Showcase: New workloads demand extraordinary storage performance, reliability and manageability
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 38
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 39
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 40
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 41
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Techbits: COBOL celebrates 60 years
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Techbits: Tailored Fit Pricing for IBM Z unlocks the full power of the platform
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 44
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 45
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Techbits: Ask the expert: IBM Support
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 47
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Beyond the Box: IBMer Peter Relson photographs wildlife in its natural habitat
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Cover3
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Cover4
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Power Systems
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - 2019 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index
IBM Systems magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2019 - SE2
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